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New Worlds to Discover

In the 17th century, the Jesuit missionairies in Saint-Marie-among-the-Hurons, Sault St. Louis (later Caughnawaga and today Kahnawake), Lorrette and Sillery encountered exceptional circumstances. War was underway, particularly between the Huron and the Iroquois, and the Algonquin people were nomadic.

Language was a barrier. The missionaries were determined to learn the First Nations languages. Some had training as linguists.

plan de la mission du Sault-St-Louis
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